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Glorious Goodwood Tips

2018 Glorious Goodwood Preview

Every year in late July, the eyes of the racing world turn to Goodwood racecourse in West Sussex for the week-long Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Stretching from Tuesday to Saturday, the Festival contains a fantastic mixture of sprints and staying races, Group Ones and handicaps, all run over the tight, undulating Goodwood track. 

The course is largely downhill on the run to the line, meaning the times clocked in the five and six furlong sprints can be lightening quick.

Tuesday kicks off with a bang, with the Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs. All eyes will then be on Stradivarius, as John Gosden's Gold Cup winner tried to retain the trophy he won last season and take another step towards the WH Stayers' Million Bonus.

The feature race on day two, and perhaps the whole week, is the Group One Sussex Stakes. Without Parole will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Sire Frankel - a two-time winner of this race - by extending his unbeaten record. The St James's Palace Stakes winner is likely to face stiff competition from Gustav Klimt, Lightning Speak, Rhododendron and Benbatl.

Ladies’ Day for the Festival is held on the Thursday and with one of the most notable features of the week is the thousands of panama hats that will be on display that day. The on-track action is highlighted by the Nassau Stakes, where Hydrangea could pit her wits against Coronet, Sea Of Class and 1000 Guineas winner, Billesdon Brook.

Friday’s racing is all about speed, with the highlight being the King George Stakes sprint. The Glorious Stakes and the Thoroughbred Stakes get day four off to a thrilling start, before some of the best one-mile handicappers take to the turf in the Betfred Mile Handicap. 

The main event on the fifth and final day is the Group Three Gordon Stakes. However, it's the thrilling Stewards Cup Heritage Handicap that punters will look forward to most on day five, with a huge field of sprinters battling it out for a Glorious prize on the hallowed Goodwood turf.

Glorious Goodwood Betting Tips 2018

Check back nearer the time to see our experts free betting tips and predictions ahead of every race at Glorious Goodwood.

2018 Goodwood Cup Tips

Tips will be available when the markets open.

Day 1 - Tuesday

Day 2 - Wednesday

Sussex Stakes Ante Post Tips


Three-year-olds have won seven of the past 10 renewals of the Sussex Stakes and the most likely improver in the field is current favourite Without Parole, who cruised to a strong victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Gustav Klimt ran well to pass the post second at Ascot, with French raider Wootton completing the placings. They could be joined at Goodwood by French Guineas winner, Olmedo and surprise Irish Guineas king, Romanised.

Of the elder brigade, Rhododendron and Lightning Spear will be hoping to bounce back to the form they showed in the Lockinge after poor showings in the Queen Anne Stakes. Beat The Bank is a dual course-and-distance winner and could be one to watch further down the betting after showing small signs of resurgence at Ascot.

Last year’s race was supposed to be a procession for Ribchester. However, torrential rain in the build-up caused the ground to go soft and Here Comes When handled the conditions best. If the going was come up good, or even good-to-soft once again, HEY GAMAN would come into his own and offers plenty of value at an each-way price.

James Tate’s colt has shown some very good form this year, finishing a close third in the Greenham Stakes on his reappearance before coming up a neck short in the French Guineas. After labouring in the closing stages of the Prix Du Jockey Club, Tate’s decided to drop Hey Gaman back to a mile and he could be hard to pass around this tight turning track.

Day 3 - Thursday

Day 4 - Friday

Day 5 - Saturday

Glorious Goodwood Schedule 2018

Coming soon - see the full schedule of races at Goodwood.

Qatar Goodwood Festival - Glorious Goodwood

Goodwood has held horse racing meetings since the early 1800s and the summer festival soon became a huge attraction, becoming known as 'Glorious Goodwood' because of the typically warm weather and the course's picturesque setting. This was the festival's official name until 2014, when thanks to the largest sponsorship deal in UK racing history, it was rebranded as the 'Qatar Goodwood Festival'. 

The five-day meeting features a number of exciting races, many of them attracting some of the best flat-racing racehorses in the world. A handful of races have extensive prize pots, leaving the owners of the winning horses ecstatic with the boost to their bank balance.

Sussex Stakes

Now regarded as the most prestigious race in the schedule, the Sussex Stakes has been run since 1878 in its present, one mile format, but was run as a six-furlong race from 1841 onwards before that. It is usually run on day two (Wednesday) of the festival, and has current prize purse close to one million pounds.

Goodwood Cup

The first feature race of the festival, the Goodwood Cup is a two mile flat-race run on the festival's first day (Tuesday) with a prize purse of half a million pounds. It was first run in 1808, but has had numerous changes culminating in its current two mile Group 1 race version as recently as 2017.

Stewards' Cup

This race is the feature race of the final day of the festival (Saturday) and has a prize purse of a quarter of a million pounds. At Glorious Goodwood in the 1830s the course's senior steward would present a cup to the winner of any race he chose – this was changed in 1840 to create the Stewards' Cup, a sprint race over six furlongs.

Nassau Stakes

The feature race of day three (Thursday) of the festival, the Nassau Stakes is run over one mile and one furlong, and has been contested since 1840. It was named in honour of the House of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch version of a European aristocratic dynasty.

Goodwood Racecourse

Set in picturesque countryside five miles north of Chicester, Goodwood Racecourse was created in 1802 by the third Duke of Richmond, and course is still controlled by the current Richmond family lineage. It is renowned as a summer course, running meetings from May through to September, and only hosts flat racing events.

Notable Goodwood Winners

Several very famous and successful racehorses have triumphed at 'Glorious Goodwood'. Five horses have won the Stewards' Cup twice – Marvel (1890, 1892), Golden Rod (1910, 1912), Lord Annandale (1913, 1914), Sugar Palm (1942, 1943) and Sky Diver (1967, 1968). 

The legendary Mark Johnston-trained Double Trigger triumphed in the Goodwood Cup in 1995, 1997 and 1998, while Midday, trained by Henry Cecil, won the Nassau Stakes in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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